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Black Rednecks and White Liberals Audiobook

Black Rednecks and White Liberals

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This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

Through a series of essays, Sowell presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many policies and trends. He presents eye-opening insights into the development of the ghetto culture, a culture cheered on toward self-destruction by white liberals who consider themselves "friends" of blacks.

Black Rednecks and White Liberals is the capstone of decades of outstanding research and writing on racial and cultural issues by Thomas Sowell.

©2005 Thomas Sowell; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"These vigorously argued essays present a stimulating challenge to the conventional wisdom." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Blake Portland, OR, United States 04-29-13
    Blake Portland, OR, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A good balance for someone with the opposite POV"

    I was wary of buying this book, but curious enough to give it a shot. My political leanings tend to be more on the liberal side than Mr Sowell, but I get annoyed with the dogma and one sidedness that is so prevalent when discussing politics, and Sowell is a good example of a conservative intellect. While he's not exactly balanced in his own views, he makes his case quite well.

    I found the essays on slavery and education to be chalk full of historical information and most convincing of the essays. The black rednecks and white liberals essay used two straw men to make his point that basically, black people are behind in society due to culture and not societal disadvantages. While I praise him for his bravery in delivering some painful truths to American blacks who won't be happy with his criticisms, I think his point is hard to prove, and his anecdotes fail to do this. In fact, most of his points are supported by anecdotes, and he fails to adequately present opposing points of view, other than to mock them. He says early on that solutions will likely involve trade offs, but doesn't really talk about trade offs or solutions. His solution for everything seems to be shut up and work hard, and rejects the notion that we as a society have a responsibility to have the weakest link in our chain be strong enough to hold us together.

    With that said, I was nonetheless impressed by this book and another pitch perfect performance by Dion Graham. Sowell's scholarship and historical knowledge are impressive and fascinating. Just be careful not to take his views as gospel.

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    Pancho OKC, OK 12-15-16
    Pancho OKC, OK 12-15-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Enlightening"

    what a fantastic book. Easy to listen to, understand and recommend to anyone seeking to understand American History.

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    Sam Motes Tampa 04-17-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 04-17-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Another great read by Sowell"

    Sowell makes the argument that black culture was impacted more by what he calls the red neck culture of the Southern white culture which in turn was molded by the region in The Scotland highlands the bulk of the southern whites came from. He points out the differences between southern black culture and the northern black culture before the great migration of southern blacks throughout the states as described by Wilkerson in the book "The Warmth of Other Suns". Sowell than goes on to point out liberal causes such as bussing that have done more to help blacks than help. Very thought provoking read.

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    Clyde Tampa, FL, United States 01-14-11
    Clyde Tampa, FL, United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Black Rednecks and White Liberals - The Connection"

    This is an informative and excellent book and should be a part of everyone's personal library and listed under a study of African American History - Culture. I know much has been said and written about such history but for some reason, studies in this area do not included much of the information contained in this two volume book. The information and the author's writing style will allow you to enjoy this in the same manner that you would enjoy a good novel. Well written, educational, and thought-provoking. Loved it! This is a MUST read since it has so much more to offer to an understanding of African American History.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Murray North Rose, NY United States 06-06-08
    William Murray North Rose, NY United States 06-06-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Mandatory reading"

    Excellent book. This will be required reading (at least the chapters on Black Rednecks and Slavery) for my children when they are old enough. The Black Rednecks chapter changed the way I think. The Slavery chapter made me prouder than ever of our history as well as outraging me about the modern left and the anti American slant they take.

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    Michael Waxhaw, NC, USA 02-18-08
    Michael Waxhaw, NC, USA 02-18-08
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    "Very Refreshing"

    This is a remarkable book that really tells it like it is and coming from a black man, no not an "african american" offers a unique perspective. He is simply brilliant in his writings, a true gift that every race should read. I highly recomend this book.

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    George M Deur 05-28-17
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    "mind-blowing analysis of forgotten truth"

    This book will enlighten you to the twisted nature of identity politics as it pays out on the kabuki theater stage of false history we collectively "remember" and are indoctrinated with today. It's a "must read" by a brilliant mind for anyone engaging in the culture wars of today. I can't recommend it highly enough!

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    Homertax 05-16-17
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    "a stunning factual center to a polarized issue"

    forget media narratives that stoke controversy, forget the sanitized history metered out in public schools, forget the postmodern hysteria of the Academy and the desperate flailings of the dog-whistlers and the last few outright old school bigots who somehow find themselves in the spotlight with shiny new haircuts. this book unbiasedly demolishes ideological accountings to get to the roots of historic and persistent observable disparities in outcomes in the United States. one of the most important books you'll read if you're trying to make sense of the screaming matches where no side seems to have a grasp on the truth or is willing to speak it.

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    Darwood martin 05-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Read it with a grain of salt, but do read it."

    Don't misunderstand me. You definitely should listen to this book, but prepare yourself. He too has an agenda, and it's made apparent by the well known history he completely glances over. For example, Japanese atrocities in ww2 happened after the opening of Japan and it's acceptance of western values including universalism, Jim Crow laws and neighborhood schooling made it nearly impossible for "black rednecks" to learn any other culture because it prevented the superior culture from spreading to the places where most black people lived.

    Despite the shortcomings, this book is worth reading, because he does make a few good arguments, and unlike most black authors on race he is critical in the areas where criticism is needed such as the celebration of ghetto culture "thug life," "acting white," and the idea that respect is the end all be all, something a lot of poor cultures deal with (for a lot more on this, “Read I am Malala”). The title gives away that this isn't inherently a black thing but he faults Black Americans for not choosing a better culture in the last 150 years and he's at least partially correct.

    I said at the beginning of this review to prepare yourself, so here's what I mean by that: First read or listen to "White Rage" and then immediately follow it up with "Black Rednecks and White Liberals" together you will get the most complete history of Black America, because you will understand both where blacks have come up short on their own and where inequality was forced by the white populace and sometimes even government policy, such the vagrancy laws that extended slave plantation conditions into the early 20th century and go completely unmentioned in Sowell's book.

    Overall the book is worth a listen and Hugh Mann does an excellent job narrating, just understand that despite all the claims to being objective Sowell does have a point to prove and like the academics he criticizes he uses the data and antidotes that back his thesis and disregards those that don't. If you understand this going in, you should be fine.


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    Wade 05-09-17
    Wade 05-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Sowell is dead on."

    This should be manditory reading as a counterweight in all of our instituhions of higher education!

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